First Il-76MD-90 to Be Re-engined at Voronezh Aviation Plant in April 2004
The first Russian air force Il-76MD military transport airplane will be re-engined by the Voronezh Aviation Airplane Building Association (VASO) in April 2004, the general director of the S.V. Il’yushin Aviation Complex, Viktor Livanov, reported to Interfax-AVN on Thursday.
“At the present time at VASO, re-engining of two line Russian air force Il-76MD military transport airplanes is underway. The aging D-30KP aircraft engines will be replaced on them with modern PS-90A-76. Work on the first airplane is planned for completion in April of this year. The second aircraft will be ready approximately in July,” said V. Livanov.
He reported that both Il-76MD airplanes reached the Voronezh aircraft plant in 2002. The engineering cycle for the re-engining of one airplane (replacement of the engines and the carrying out of a series of design improvements) takes 1 year. Approximately 1 more years is required for flight tests.
According to V. Livanov, the re-engining of 10 – 14 Il-76MD military transport airplanes is provided for by the program for the development of arms for the period to 2010. After re-engining, the airplane will receive the designation Il-76MD-90.
The cost of the re-engining of one Il-76MD airplane into the Il-76MD-90 variant is on the order of 14 million dollars. The price of the four PS-90A engines (12 million dollars), the installation of the four new pylons (1 million dollars) and other work (1 million dollars) is included in this total.
Owing to the installation of the new engines, the maximum payload of the upgraded airplane will be increased by 10 tonnes, and the flight range will grow by 800 kilometers. Moreover, reliability indicators will increase 1.5 – 2 times, and usage expenses will go down by 1.7 times.
The PS-90A-76 engines have a thrust of 14.5 tonnes. (the D-30KP has 12 tonnes.) He have a 13 – 17 percent lowered fuel consumption. The PS-90A-76 meets the ICAO requirement introduced from 2006 for noise and emissions.
This is the aircraft they upgraded:RA-78854. Although they claimed in 2004 that they were going to upgrade 10 to 14 aircraft with PS-90 engines, my googling has not produced another example other than RA-78854 depicted below.